Docking station

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Dell docking station

Alternatively known as a universal port replicator, a docking station is a hardware device that allows portable computers to connect with other devices with little or no effort. Docking stations enable users with a laptop computer to convert it into a desktop computer at the office or home.

For example, a business user could use a laptop on the road to create a document. When they return to the office, they could attach the laptop to the docking station to use their monitor, speakers, and office printer. The picture is an example of a Dell docking station. This particular docking station enables the laptop to be directly connected to the docking station without using any additional cables. Keep in mind that all docking stations are different.

  • Dock - Describes connecting a portable computer to a docking station.
  • Undock (cold dock) - Describes disconnecting a portable computer from a docking station after it's shut down.

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